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 August 30, 2000

Pedro takes fight from Rays
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Boston's ace is nearly perfect in a game that features 8 Devil Rays getting ejected.
Hubert Mizell
Day of hit and miss nonpareil
Even before John Flaherty's single, it wasn't really a no-hitter. Not at the Tuesday Night Fights. As his ninth-inning liner crashed Pedro Martinez's party, my boxscore/body count showed 17 left hooks, 12 uppercuts and a Tropload of ejected, dejected Devil Rays.

Devil Rays
Martinez even better than his usual awesome outings
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pedro Martinez doesn't believe in all those silly baseball superstitions.

Expanded roster to bring new faces
ST. PETERSBURG -- Don't look for Tampa Bay to make a whole lot of noise Friday when teams are allowed to expand their rosters to 40 players. But don't be surprised to see a couple of new faces around Tropicana Field, either.

Anonymous? Sure ... but still an offensive key
He might not be the first name mentioned, but TE Patrick Hape is a factor in the Bucs' production.

After hectic arrival, Spence is settling in
TAMPA -- It's been, to say the least, a hectic experience. But backup tight end Blake Spence wouldn't trade it for a thing.

Former Bull turns to feds in discrimination case
Dione Smith's attorney asks that the Department of Justice look into alleged civil rights violations within the USF women's basketball program.

Bowden secure in his shadow
Ex-state trooper Billy Smith, the most visible anonymous member of the FSU squad, has kept coaches safe for 35 years.

FSU defense eases fears of preseason
TALLAHASSEE -- Before Saturday's opener against Brigham Young, Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews believed too many people read too much into the preseason.

LB falls 100 feet into elevator shaft
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt football player Luke Hammond was in critical condition Tuesday after falling 100 feet down a dormitory elevator shaft.

Gators looking for a fast start
GAINESVILLE -- After losing four games last season, including two at home in the Swamp, the Gators are looking forward to working on some of the problems they had in last season's opener.

Kubina, Lightning far apart
The Lightning and defenseman Pavel Kubina are far apart in contract negotiations.

Houser's road leads nowhere
Despite being taken on the current Mutiny trip, defender Chris Houser feels left out this season.

Et cetera
Woods clinches Player of the Year
Tiger Woods has won the PGA Player of the Year award before. Just never in August.

Upsetting defeat for 2-time champ Rafter
No. 2 seed Gustavo Kuerten also loses in the first round. Serena Williams begins her title defense with a win.

Leg injuries boot U.S. goalie
Adin Brown, the projected starting goalkeeper for the U.S. men's soccer team, was dropped from the roster Tuesday because of leg injuries.

Dallas gets Laettner in Detroit deal
DALLAS -- Christian Laettner, who almost went to the NBA champion Lakers in a proposed four-team deal, instead was traded Tuesday by the Pistons to the Mavericks.

Captains Corner
The natural coral reefs off our coast are home to an abundance of fish during summer.

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